Salt and Kenyon Review Announces Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry
Kenyon Review, in partnership with Salt Publishing, UK, and the award-winning Earthworks Book Series, announces a competition for a first or second collection of poems by an Indigenous writer. The winning volume will be published by Salt, and the winning poet will give a reading at Kenyon College and receive a $1,000 honorarium.
Described in 2008 by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the most interesting project in American poetry,” Earthworks is the first series by a major international press to focus on Indigenous writing. According to the founding editor Janet McAdams, “The Earthworks Series was founded with a strong commitment to publishing and promoting new Indigenous writers, and it’s been a privilege to publish first books by Phillip Carroll Morgan, Molly McGlennen, and Qwo-Li Driskill. Through this new competition, we hope to expand the readership for some of the most exciting and vital writing in the world.” To date, eighteen volumes by Indigenous writers have appeared in the series, including career-spanning collections by Diane Glancy and Carter Revard, as well new volumes by Ralph Salisbury, Kimberly Blaeser, LeAnne Howe, Heid Erdrich, and Deborah Miranda. Other notable volumes include the Effigies anthology introducing four new Indigenous poets, and Allison Hedge Coke’s verse play Blood Run. In 2008, the series expanded to include translation of Latin American poetry, edited by Katherine M. Hedeen and Victor Rodríguez-Núñez.
“Under the leadership of Janet McAdams, Earthworks has consistently brought to an international audience exceptional poetry by Indigenous authors,” said KR Editor David Lynn. “The new collaboration between Earthworks and The Kenyon Review will build on the strengths of both, advancing the mission of KR to discover and support younger writers of exceptional talent and of Earthworks to identify Indigenous authors who, traditionally, have faced barriers to having their work published and celebrated.”
Manuscripts may be submitted during the month of August, 2012.